Master Classes by Elizabeth Almond this Februray 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018 !!!

As a treat for the start of new year Kenya Embroiderer’s Guild will be hosting Elizabeth Almond to conduct master classes in February.

Although they are called master classes we anticipate beginners too and the instructions are very comprehensive. 

The details are as follows:

Masterclasses to be held on 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th of February 2018.

Member pay Ksh 2500/- and non-members Ksh 3000/-.

Timings: 9.30am to 3.30pm (with an hours break for lunch).

Venue: The Simba Union, Forest Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

To register please contact:

Gail Langton – 0733 739585 ,,   

 Vicky cole – 0717 197214,


Blackwork Technique – 5th February 2018

Blackwork embroidery is a very old form of counted-thread embroidery. This embroidery involves geometric designs and is traditionally worked in black thread on white even-weave fabric.




Kogin technique – 6th February 2018

Kogin embroidery is traditional Japanese stitching technique that was born in the Northern area of Japan. It is known for its hand stitching technique, in which cotton thread is stitched through each hole of the indigo colored fabric. The designs are unique in their symmetry and resemble pattern darning in the way they are worked up.




Pulled Thread work Technique – 7th February 2018

Also known as Drawn thread work, Pulled thread work is a form of counted-thread embroidery.  Stitches are worked around groups of threads in the base fabric to form gaps, creating lacy, airy fillings, bands, border and hems.




Whitework technique – 9th February 2018

Whitework embroidery is an embroidery technique in which the embroidery is done with white thread on a white fabric. The embroidery looks very elegant and can be worked in a variety of techniques, hardanger embroidery, Mountmellic embroidery, pulled or drawn thread etc.



Enroll now and reserve your place.



MARY HICKMOTT’S MASTER CLASSES 2014 – Details of the Projects



Details of the projects being taught in each session

Although they are called master classes we anticipate beginners too and the instructions are very comprehensive.  Those who have done embroidery before will probably make faster progress than newcomers, but all should have no problem finishing the projects given time.

Class will start at 9.30am and finish by 3.30pm.

candlewickingCANDLEWICKING  – 25th February 2014

This incorporates the use of colonial knots and stem stitch together.  Whilst doing this class you will also learn how to trace designs onto your fabric.  Using 28 count Annabelle fabric and Caron Watercolour threads that change colour along their length the effect is quite simple but stunning.

swedis embroiderySWEDISH EMBROIDERY – -26th February 2014

A free hand style of embroidery that utilises stem stitch, satin stitch, feather stitch and French knots to great effect. It is sewn on felt using 13 colours of Appletons Crewel wool and the finished size can be up to 8 x 12 inches.  This class gives you the chance to experiment and will be good fun.

Fine HardangerFINE HARDANGER – 27th February 2014

This project uses 28 count even weave and anchor perle in sizes 8 and 12.  The thicker thread is variegated and it is lovely to see the colour running through from blues to pinks as you sew.  It is finer than ‘standard’ hardanger which gives it a lacier effect.  Careful counting is required to start off, but the project soon grows quickly

Cherries in frame_1


This design incorporates several stitches whilst using only four colours of anchor tapestry wool.  It is sewn on 12 count canvas so still has a delicate look to it despite being sewn in wool.  The cherries in the centre are ‘tufted and give a lovely 3D effect, whilst the border uses several counted canvas stitches to complete the design.’

2014 3 work togetherWESSEX EMBROIDERY – 5th March 2014

A counted technique with a difference. Each square is filled in with a pattern using chain stitch, fly stitch, straight stitch and French knots using 14 different colours in a variety of combinations.  This is sewn on 28 count even weave using anchor stranded cottons.

2014 gold threadGOLDEN ILLUSION – 6th March2014

This is a spectacular project sewn on Red 14 count Aida using 3 of the Krenik range of gold metallic threads namely Cord, fine braid and 1/16th ribbon.  Each section in the completed sampler is a different pattern and stitch.  Whilst this project has the most variety of stitches it is also a joy to stitch due to the ease of using aida and the very clear concise instructions.

Koala Conventions

International Embroidery and Textile Event, 30th June  2012to 8th July In Brisbane, Australia

Chinese Embroidery - Spring BudKarahana, Gold work Japanese embroideryBlue & White Chinoiserie Plate, stitched in one ply blue and while woolsDouble Sided Goldfish in silk thread3D Poinsettia

Koala Conventions organize two to eight day Workshop Events in Brisbane and Perth, featuring classes by leading designers & tutors in Hand Embroidery, Ribbon Embroidery, Textiles, Stumpwork, Goldwork, Knitting, Crochet, Felting, Beading, Framing & much more.

Koala Conventions has been operating for 11 years. Every July over 20 tutors join them for more than 80 workshops. Read more…….

Pamper yourself by mastering your hobby….

Appliqued lace along the bottom of Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

The Royal School of Needlework continues to influence and promote needlework today. For people who are passionate about stitching, who enjoy needlework and it is their hobby for them RSN offers day classes. These classes focus on specific embroidery techniques. They offer introduction courses for beginners and refreshers, specific technique classes to learn and master them, progress classes to develop further and increase stitching skills. These classes are scheduled for 1 to 6 days depending on the course.

Daycourse broucher of RSNThe beautiful broucher of RSN day classes (PDF) shows an amazing list of short classes offered this year.  Visit the RSN website for more details.

Would like to share some information of the beautiful applique work done by the RSN embroiders on The Duchess of Cambridge’s beautiful Wedding Dress. The lace bodice design was hand-made using a technique that originated in Ireland in the 1820s called  carrickmacross, which involved cutting out rose detailing (symbolising England), thistles (Scotland), daffodils (Wales), and shamrocks (Ireland) individually applying them to the ivory silk tulle.

Kate_Middelton wedding dress

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